What are we reading June 2012
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am about to start on Heartstone the newest book from CJ Sansom featuring Matthew Shardlake. It should make cleaning up the kitchen more bearable. : )
Just finished The Drop by Michael Connelly and I'm on City of Bones now. Love Harry Bosch.
I'm reading The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson and looking forward to the premiere of the TV series tomorrow night.
I just finished The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. Now I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!
Hi - Been busy moving (including 1500 books) and back now. Just wanted to do a little catchup by mentioning I read Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. It's been awhile since it's been mentioned here, and it was new to me altho published 1996. It's a good mystery story enhanced by interesting Native American politics in Seattle. VERY interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in mysteries, Native Americans or Seattle. One of my all time favorite mysteries.
I also had fun with Murder in the Collective by Barbara Wilson - also takes place in Seattle. The characters are members of a collective printshop - fun to see how they live and relate. Recommended.
Oops - internet guy here - Yay - gotta run!
Getting ready for a major Arthur W. Upfield Binge when I hit vacation. Reading Winds of Evil as a warm up. I decided to finally bite the bullet and acquire a chunk of the earlier books I was missing in the Bony series after months of trawling bookstores, as I'd wanted to read on in order from now on.
@27: I'm starting a project to read or re-read all of them. I read a fair few in the series in high school (I'm pretty sure I read every one that the library near my house, the one near my school and the main library had) but don't really remember a lot about them. My favourite is probably Let's Hear it for the Deaf Man, which is also one of my favourite book titles.
I am reading the Lt. Sigrid Harald, NYPD series that Margaret Maron wrote in the 1990's, before Judge Deborah Knott. She has made them available on Kindle and I think some are being reissued in paperback. Harald and Knott are almost polar opposites. The writing improves with each book. I recommend them.
I think I'm ready to take on The Teaberry Strangler after a long absence from Tea Shop Mysteries.
I'm now reading Worth Dying For by Lee Child, featuring the seemingly indestructible Jack Reacher, righting still more wrongs.
White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones; it's the first in the Nathan Active series, set in the state of Alaska.
Halfway through The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen. It's third in his Jack Taylor series, which I love.
I just finished Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham. It's a disturbing story that draws attention to the vulnerability of underage girls and the adult predators. The writing style is quite stunning. I recommend it.
I recently finished Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. It's a classic hardboiled mystery/horror tale originally published in 1978 but now being re-released. You can check out my review of the novel here (it was quite good).
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I liked your review, Mr. Mammoth, almost convinced me to reread the book.
Just finishing The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith. This is a real thriller with a new twist. The main character, Geiger, is very intriguing.
I'm now reading Flood by Andrew Vachss; I have a feeling I'll be sticking with this series for a while.
Just started the September Society also. Read his first book, " A
Beautiful Blue Death" and it was wonderful.
For a recommendation: Read the Sir John Fielding series by
Bruce Alexander. (11 books) One of the best I've ever read.
I just started Delia's crossing by v.c Andrews and waiting for daughter to get done with 50 shades of grey so I can start that.
@63 Porua, enjoying it so far! I especially like Hastings's "translations" of what the dog was saying :)
I'm into A Study in Scarlett because I realized other than Baskerville, I've never read any of the Holmes novels. I got this and two others from Project Gutenburg and am reading them on my new nook. I think Watson would approve. : )
Does Deborah Harkness's Lumottu ("A Discovery of Witches") qualify for this group or is it too much on the fantasy side? :) Anyway, the book is well under way and seems like a decent work of entertainment.
Just read Giulio Leoni's Mosaiikkimurha ("I delitti del mosaico" / "The Third Heaven Conspiracy") which has Dante Alighieri solving crimes in the 14th century. I didn't really enjoy the book; didn't like mr Alighieri's "personality" nor the storytelling.
#65 rabbitprincess, "I especially like Hastings's "translations" of what the dog was saying :)"
I liked that too and I am not even a dog person! :-)
I've FINALLY gotten around to The Coroner's Lunch, and of course I'm loving it! The good thing about being slow to the party is having so many Dr. Siri books already waiting for me.
Oooh, noveltea! I envy your just starting out! Each book was good, but taken in its entirety, the series was nothing short of amazing!
One good thing about being a senior and having senior moments (or, in my case, senior hours, sometimes days) is that in a year or two I'll be able to read it all over again like it was the first time. :P
ETA that I'm now in the middle of The Dogs of Riga and am surprised to be really enjoying it. The first couple of Wallenders I read weren't all that enjoyable.
@71, I also recently read The Coroner's Lunch after seeing so many LT's enjoyed it. Will be ordering the next from the library of course!
> 66 Bookmarque - For what it's worth, I approve too ;)
Though, The Valley of Fear was probably my least favorite Holmes novel. To me it was just kind of... meh.
I can strongly recommend Ian Rankin's book. I've read a lot of him and each book was a high light for me. So I wish you a thrilling reading. Enjoy it :-)
Two losers in a row for me. Bad choices - I should have known better but was looking for something light:
Murder of a Boookstore Babe: a Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson
and Riptide by Catherine Coulter
No more Coulter for me. No character development at all, silly improbable action.
Come on Coban write faster!
I'm with you on Coulter, mkboylan. What you said, plus the absolutely worst dialogue I've read outside of a fifth-grader's attempt at fiction. On second thought, my daughter's grammar school attempts at writing fiction had better dialogue. Anyway, at first I thought she was aiming for a spontaneous feel to the dialogue, but it doesn't work and just sounds amateurish and disconnected. I'm done with her too.
Well 80 and 81, I probably should have judged the book by its cover! Looks like a romance, but says FBI Thriller. Sheesh. It's pitiful. I don't understand how she can be a best seller.
Finished Open Season by C. J. Box, my first by him. I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away. I liked it enough to try another.
I picked up "Fun & Games" by Duane Swierczynski at the library.(No touchstones working). I won't get to that book for a few days because I also picked up a couple of short term loans that I need to read first, but am curious if anyone out there has read anything by this guy. It sounds pretty wacky, so I thought I would give it a try. Also, I don't know if it is in the middle of a series. Any help anyone?
# 76 WillyMammoth, I agree with you. As it is I am not much of a fan of the Sherlock Holmes novels (I prefer the shorter stories) and The Valley of Fear is definitely the weakest of the lot.
Started Reflecting the Sky by S. J. Rozan, one of my favorite authors, and a book in one of my favorite series, the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith PI novels. This one is shaping up well so far--Lydia and Bill are sent to Hong Kong for a seemingly simple task. When they get there, a boy has been kidnapped, and it seems like two different parties are trying to claim ransom.
I've said any number of times how little I like book with majgicqk in them. I must now eat some crow. I like a police procedural set in London called Midnight Riot, which is heavy on the magjicqk. It's a first-person account of the effects on his career of a young police officer's strange talent.
This is what I was looking for when I picked up the Harry Dresden books, which I wore out on partway through the first book due to Main Character Angst Aversion Syndrome.
About to start Martyr by Rory Clements, as recommended to me by my mother.
Next up: A Monstrous Regiment of Women. I bulldozed through the series the first time around because I liked them so much; now I'm taking my time to truly enjoy. Well, all except the latter ones...
I read A Lesson In Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear, an excellent addition to the series I have greatly enjoyed. Then I read The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs, whose series is in general a lighter-weight read. I am now reading a non-mystery book, but I think my next mystery will be The Bug Man series by Tim Downs, starting with ShooFly Pie and Chop Shop. That's a 2 books in 1 volume edition I got on sale.
Just received and am two chapters into my Early Reviewer novel, The Last Policeman, a dystopian mystery/police procedural set in the months preceding the annihilation of the human race (and most other life on Earth), by Ben Winters.
Finally started Deadlight by Grahma Hurley. It's the 4th in the series, which I really enjoy.
If you're looking for a can't-put-down thriller, try The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith. The Hold list at my library is starting to form so I'm glad I was early on the list. I got the audio version, which is quite good.
I'm listening to A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn. It's the first in the series. The 4th in the series is coming out this fall. I love the way the characters put things in this book:
"A powerful mix of sadness and longing had sucked the last spark of energy from a brain with no backup generator." from A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn.
Started Passenger to Frankfurt, by Agatha Christie, this afternoon. Rather different from her usual fare.
#98, looks like we have similar tastes--I'm a huge Maisie Dobbs and Tea Shop fan--so I'm adding The Bug Man et. al to my wanna-read list. Thanks for the suggestion.
It's been a while since I read the first two Millenium books, but I am finally kicking the hornet's nest.
I am reading The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth for my mystery book club. Its really good so far.
Just about to start River City, by John Farrow, which is not set in River City, Iowa, but rather Montreal, Quebec. (Of course, I still have "You Got Trouble" from "The Music Man" stuck in my head.)
Oh my Thrin, I do love me some Kate Shugak! I wish Dana would write faster!
Just finished a debut novel by the Swedish writer Kristina Ohlssson, called Unwanted. I really liked it. Somehow not as bleak and hopeless in tone as some of the other Scandinavian mystery novels.
Last night I blazed through Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, which was enjoyable but not really first-rate. It was a fast-paced read and I'll probably give the next in the series a look.
Kahdeksan kaunista (Hard eight) by Janet Evanovich. Eighth novel in the Stephanie Plum series. Very entertaining, and the translation is quite good :)
Still June here. Finished Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum. It was my first Inspector Sejur book. Very good!
I've started Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker; I usually enjoy Parker's books and this one seems promising so far.
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